8 December 2004 2:18 PM (namibia)
I learned a new word: laleka, literally to make sleep, figuratively to bid farewell. Onda lalekwa ohela -- yesterday I was on the receiving end of that verb.
My plan of making a clean getaway today was foiled by miscommunication, though. Back home I'd expect that something I tell to a husband to also go to the wife, and vice versa, but here they are entirely separate channels of communication. My meme (both e's pronounced like spanish) somehow didn't get the word that I was actually leaving today -- they really wanted to give gifts, to show to folks back home what it's like here. So I stayed. It wouldn't have been right otherwise.
Tomorrow I hit the road.